Many of our commercial clients have dealings with public bodies or, increasingly, private sector organisations retained to provide public services.
These organisations must ensure that they conform to high standards of public administration. For example, a public body must act reasonably and fairly in its decision-making processes, or may have a duty to consult.
Our Public Law Litigation and Advisory Group advises both public bodies and commercial clients on alleged breaches of public law rights and duties.
We routinely advise clients on challenges to procurement decisions taken by public bodies across a wide range of commercial sectors and advise clients in the healthcare sector on the application of new commissioning arrangements. We also deal with planning and environmental disputes.
The court’s jurisdiction to review the conduct of public and quasi public bodies is often underestimated. We have considerable experience of exploiting the innovative remedy of judicial review. In common with many other public law remedies tight deadlines apply.
Both our principal contacts are solicitor advocates and keenly appreciate the importance of preparing a case for presentation in court. However, we also appreciate the need to identify and secure pragmatic, commercial solutions, whenever possible.